Three Fann Contracting Projects Honored with Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Awards

Fann Contracting Inc. (Fann) announced today that three roadway projects that they completed were honored with 2016 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Awards, presented at the ACEC Arizona Conference on Roads and Streets in Tucson, Ariz.

As the prime contractor, Fann received partnering excellence awards for the Interstate 17 (I-17) McGuireville Rock Fall Containment project, the Interstate 40 (I-40) Silver Springs project and the State Route 64 (SR64) Tusayan Shoulder Widening project, all in the under $5 million category. The Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Awards recognize partnership teams that demonstrate a high degree of achievement through partnering principles and processes related to the transportation industry.


Receiving more awards than any other company at the event, Mike Fann, president and owner of Fann, said that the awards are a reflection of a dedicated team philosophy that the company establishes as a core value.


“When we partner, we’re all striving for a common goal – to produce safe and quality projects that achieve a budget,” said Fann. “Receiving Partnering Excellence Awards for three projects is a nice pat on the back to acknowledge that we are accomplishing what we strive for every day.”


I-17 McGuireville Rock Fall Containment

The project was designed to scale unstable material from the sinkhole debris fill and eroding slopes located just south of the McGuireville exit in the northbound direction of I-17. Along with rock fall mitigation and protection work, a new concrete safety barrier was installed, and both northbound lanes were re-paved within the project limits.  Fann proposed value engineering alternate scaling methods that saved the owner time and money on the project while increasing safety. In addition to Fann, project team partners included ADOT Northcentral District (Flagstaff) and ADOT Roadside Development as owner; ADOT Road and Bridge Group and Gannet Fleming as designer; The Ground Level Company as the owner and operator of the high reach excavator (value-engineering); Adams Contracting and Excavating, Inc., who performed the manual scaling; and RGG United Contractors, Inc. as the DBE subcontractor for building the concrete barrier.


I-40 Silver Springs

The project was a mill and fill highway pavement preservation effort, which included removing and replacing asphalt on I-40 for about 8 miles in the westbound traffic lanes and shoulders, and another 1.6 miles in the eastbound lanes. An insufficient asphalt replacement depth in the westbound lane led the team to propose a value-engineering design with a thickened pavement solution, while still allowing the project to be completed on time and under budget. In addition to Fann, project team partners included ADOT Northwest District (Kingman), ADOT sub-consultants, and various subcontractors.


SR64 Tusayan Shoulder Widening

Tusayan, Ariz. is a town located just south of Grand Canyon National Park which serves as the gateway to the Grand Canyon, a site that tourists from all over the world come to see annually. The shoulder widening was necessary for safety enhancements and pullover capacity, as SR64 is a heavily travelled two-lane corridor. The town’s rock conditions, extreme visitor traffic, inclement weather and limited working window created challenges for the team that were ultimately overcome. The partnering team consisted of ADOT Northcentral District (Flagstaff) and their consulting representatives, Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon Nation Park Service, several subcontractors, third party quality control consultants, the Town of Tusayan and the town’s manager, as well as Tusayan utility representatives.



About Fann Contracting, Inc.

For more than half a century, Fann has been an integral part of building Arizona’s infrastructure – from roadways and highways throughout the state to public works projects, landfills, underground utilities and commercial site development. What started as a small business in 1960, with one hardworking man and a single backhoe, has grown into one of Arizona’s leading heavy-civil contractors. Now in third generation ownership, Fann’s steadfast culture of honesty and integrity, safety leadership, quality, and partnership models are the tools that continue making each construction project a true success.


About Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Awards

Partnering excellence has been recognized by the Associated General Contractors since 1993. The National Partnership on Highway Quality recognizes excellent partnerships bi-annually. In 2005, the Partnering Advisory Committee formed a partnership to develop the Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Awards criteria, materials and selection process. This committee is made up of Arizona stakeholder groups who use and encourage the use of partnering, which is defined as “a formal process of collaborative teamwork to achieve measurable results through agreements and productive working relationships.


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